To the Ends of Time
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the 1996 fantasy film, To the Ends of Time, a king (Joss Ackland), in a quest to protect his people from warring factions, seeks to control time. Unfortunately, the ability to do so falls in the hands of an evil sorceress (Sarah Douglas), who decides to quicken the passage of time and destroy all who live in the kingdom. A young page (Tom Schultz) must find a way to stop the "clock of time" to save his kingdom and the woman he loves (Christine Taylor).
The musical score of To the Ends of Time was created by Austrian composer Eckart Seeber. With styles ranging from contemporary to classical, Seeber often incorporates traditional European sound in his compositional creations. He has received a number of music awards and his scores have been performed in concert on radio and television. Some of his works include Forbidden Love, Jackie Chan: The Prisoner, Jet Li: Legend of the Red Dragon, Shadowbuilder and more. Having previously been released in a shorter version by Sonovide, a new release of the To the Ends of Time Soundtrack by Keep Moving Records features twenty minutes of previously unreleased work as well as a twelve-page booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai.
Set in a magical kingdom, To the Ends of Time has an orchestral sound. The addition of a choir to classic orchestral notes give it an epic quality. The score has an older movie feel - this is a score I would expect to hear accompanying a film about Excalibur or the Knights of the Round Table. Horns herald the entrance of the king and oncoming battles. Violin solos with magical fairy bell accompaniment signify love. Moments in the young page's youth, a time in which he is never taken very seriously, are portrayed with short, flute flutterings, reflecting a playfulness in attitude.
The To the Ends of Time Soundtrack features somewhat of a throwback score that took me back to the days when Excalibur, Hawk and Krull were amongst my favorite films. The score has that epic fantastical quality that I loved in fantasy films at the time. But I'm not quite sure that adding the twenty extra minutes actually makes for a great addition to an already great score. I had the feeling that the album should have finished a number of times before it actually did and I wonder if that had anything to do with the additions. Fans of newer fantasy films may find this score to be a bit in the corny side, but being a nostalgic film music fan, I found To the Ends of Time to be well-worth the listen.